Aspirin the popular pain relief drug recommended for treating pain and cardiovascular ailments is even beneficial for your colorectal health. According to a University of Edinburgh research team, regular intake of low-dose aspirin could significantly lower the risk of bowel cancer.
Aspirin prevents bowel cancer
Although aspirin was created to reduce pain, currently the painkiller is widely used for treating cardiovascular diseases, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and infertility. The University of Edinburgh researchers studied the affect of aspirin on 2,800 people with bowel cancer and 3000 healthy people.
The findings, published in the journal Gut, showed that people who took 75 mg of aspirin daily for a year has 22 per cent lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than people who did not take the drug. Moreover, by taking the low-dose aspirin daily for five years, the risk of colorectal cancer could be reduced by 30 per cent.
The risk of bowel cancer could also be reduced by taking any type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug daily. Besides aspirin, you can cut your risk of developing bowel cancer by taking low-dose ibuprofen or naproxen tablets per day. Prolonged use of aspirin could protect you from colorectal cancer for up to ten years. However, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs might not benefit people diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Risks of bowel cancer
The number of bowel cancer cases is rising rapidly. Within the next 30 years, health experts fear, that number of bowel cancer patients will increase by almost 50 per cent. Unhealthy diet and obesity are largely responsible for this deadly illness.
This disease could be prevented by eliminating processed meat from the diet and by limiting consumption of saturated fats, red meat and alcohol. Smoking also increases the risk of bowel cancer. To lower the risk of bowel cancer, you should include at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
A fiber rich diet and moderate physical activities might prevent development of malignant cells in your colon and rectum.
Side effects of aspirin
Prolonged intake of low doses of aspirin, equivalent to 75 mg per day, is fairly safe. However, in a small number of people it can cause unwelcome side effects such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and heartburn. It is advisable to consult your physician before taking this drug for preventing bowel cancer.